University of Denver defenseman Scott Mayfield is forgoing his final two years of eligibility and heading to the Island.
The 20 year-old sophomore from St. Louis, a second round pick by the New York Islanders in 2011, has agreed to an entry-level contract according to the team. He will spend the rest of the season in Bridgeport, CT on an ATO with the Islanders' AHL affiliate.
Mayfield has used his 6'4" size well during his two years in the WCHA and is physically ready for professional hockey. He scored 17 points (4G-13A) for the Pioneers last year and was a key member of one of college hockey's most potent blue lines alongside Joey LaLeggia, David Makowski and Nolan Zajac. Despite multiple early departures up front last off-season, DU made the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to New Hampshire.
Since then, longtime Pioneers head coach George Gwozdecky was fired; a move that many around the program were unhappy with.
Can't thank @coachgwoz enough for everything he has done for me, my teammates and this University. It's hard to see him go.— Scott Mayfield (@scottmayfield2) April 1, 2013
Whether or not that had anything to do with Mayfield leaving is unknown. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see others join him as the search for the next Denver progresses.